Green Point Cricket Club opening batsman joins Avendale Cricket Club

Robert BrownFile image: Robert Brown.

Batsman Robert Brown has left Green Point Cricket Club for fellow first division A outfit, Avendale Cricket Club, ahead of the 2018-19 Western Province Cricket Association season.

Brown opened the batting alongside Green Point Cricket Club captain Zac Elkin during the opening matches of the 2017-18 season, which was ultimately shortened by a drought in Cape Town and surrounds.

“As a left-handed opening batsmen, Robert is a very good addition for us at the top of the innings. He is determined to do well and his application and attitude ties in with the ‘team first’ approach and vision I have for the club this season,” said Avendale Cricket Club coach Marcus Oliphant.

Elkin added: “I have no doubt that all of GPCC wishes Rob everything of the best at Avendale. He has always been a great club man and has made some valuable contributions over the years – on and off the field. Avendale are a club we have plenty of respect for and we hope that the switch works well for both parties.”

Avendale Cricket Club occupied fourth position in 2017-18’s 12-team first division A standings, after wins over Primrose Cricket Club, Tygerberg Cricket Club, Strandfontein Cricket Club and Kraaifontein Cricket Club – and losses to United Cricket Club, Green Point Cricket Club and Edgemead Cricket Club.

Scheduled fixtures with the University of Cape Town Cricket Club, Gugulethu Cricket Club, St Augustine Cricket Club and Northerns Goodwood Cricket Club were eventually cancelled.

The first division A – and premier league – will likely change from two- to one-day cricket for the 2018-19 season.

Unlike their Gauteng Cricket Board, KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, Eastern Province Cricket and several others, the Western Province Cricket Association currently has two-day cricket contested at premier league level.